Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Board of Trustees Approves Four New Members and Welcomes President of Medical Staff
BURLINGTON, VT – The Fletcher Allen Health Care Board of Trustees voted to accept the nominating committee recommendation for four new members, and welcomed the new president of the medical staff as an ex-officio member at its annual meeting in December.
The new Trustees receiving four-year appointments are:
Lawrence W. DeShaw of Shelburne spent his career at Chittenden Bank retiring in 2005 as president and CEO. During his 34 years at the company, he held a variety of leadership positions including executive vice president of operations and administration for Chittenden Corporation, president of Chittenden Home Mortgage Company and president of the Mountain Trust Company in Stowe. A lifelong resident of Vermont, he has served on several boards and committees including Vermont Public Radio, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, the Church Street Marketplace Committee and the Burlington Electric Department where he served as chair. Mr. DeShaw is currently chairman of the executive committee of Ocean Club Resorts in the British West Indies and serves as a chairman of Green Mountain Housing Equity Fund investment committee at Housing Vermont.
Kathleen "Scottie" Ginn of Essex, NY, spent 29 years with IBM in Vermont and New York, retiring as a Vice President of Engineering. She led large engineering teams working on IBM's technology development, and was responsible for organizational management, business development, strategy development and financial management. She was co-chair of IBM’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Executive Task Force, which guided the company in the implementation of inclusive employment and business practices. Ms. Ginn currently serves on the vestry of St John's Episcopal Church and the boards of the New England Federal Credit Union and the Adirondack Art Association, among other organizations.
Mark Phillippe, MD of South Burlington is physician leader of the Women’s Health Service at Fletcher Allen and professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the UVM College of Medicine. Dr. Phillippe previously held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His clinical interests are in high-risk pregnancies, medical complications of pregnancy and preterm labor/delivery. Dr. Phillippe has served on numerous peer review committees for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the March of Dimes and has been an active researcher throughout his career. He earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Northwestern University, and a Masters in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Barbara Rachelson of Burlington has been executive director of the Lund Family Center since 1997 during which time she led the organization as it further developed services to meet the complex needs of pregnant and parenting teens and women, comprehensive adoption services, and community treatment and parent-child services for families. Prior to assuming her current role she held executive positions at several other human service organizations in Vermont and Michigan, including serving as the Executive Director of the Michigan Network of Runaway and Youth Services, and the Director of Outpatient Services at the Counseling Service of Addison County. Ms. Rachelson has been a clinical instructor at the University of Vermont, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan schools of Social Work. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and earned an MSW in Policy and Planning at the University of Michigan.
The Board of Trustees also welcomed the new president of Fletcher Allen’s medical staff as an ex-officio member.
Patti Fisher, MD has been the medical director of the Community Health Centers of Burlington (CHCB) since 2008. Prior to assuming that role, she worked in private practice specializing in women's health including prenatal care and deliveries, comprehensive health care for families, homeless health care, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and tropical medicine. Since 2001, Dr. Fisher has volunteered two weeks per year at a rural health clinic in Haiti. She is a graduate of Saint Mary's College and the University of Texas at Houston Medical School, and completed her residency at Forbes Family Practice in Pittsburgh, PA.